Our vision extends the existing partnerships and projects already underway within the ‘Spoor’ region of Rotterdam, maximising stakeholder relations within the area and using their experiences of development to extend the opportunities currently available. The phasing is divided in to three parts; 3, 7 and 15 years.

Within the next 3 years, a programme of continual redevelopment of the Luchtsingel will be introduced, with a competition in conjunction with the Rotterdam Architecture Biennial to recreate the temporary bridge in different guises or along a specific theme. The regenerating bridge will become a focal of interest in the area as young designers can make their mark on the city. The walkway becomes a laboratory for testing connectivity over the railway lines that run through the area.

Within 7 years the Hofbogen will be completed, with green space above the old station arches and terraces lining the elevated railway. Further down the line, spaces around the elevated park will need addressing. With car usage in the city flat-lining, the closure of a one way street to allow for allotments and garden spaces on the ground level will ensure that pedestrians on the street will enjoy the rejuvenation of the area through the introduction of urban green spaces. An event space on upper deck nearby car park connected to the old railway line will allow for the expanded use of the elevated park throughout the day.

In order to alleviate housing demand once the elevated park is completed, a mixed use development including further retail units and apartments are proposed on the Stroveer, adjacent to the railway tracks. Covering the railway lines with a park (funded by the retail and apartment development) both restricts noise to local residents and allows for a permanent connection between the Hofborgen development to Pompenburg Park with stepped landscaping.

– Benjamin Filbey
– Joan Kwong
– Justina Stefanovic

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